Guest column: Evaluating behavior in the pandemic involves safety.

I want the government and news media to use new terms to replace “essential” and “nonessential.” Maybe: “safe” and “unsafe.”


I need a tooth pulled (not safe).


I need a second mammogram (necessary but not safe yet).


I need a chiropractor for my back (safe).


I want to walk on the beach (not yet).


I want to go to my Silver Sneaker classes (but online).


My sister needs a hearing aid battery from her hearing center, her glasses checked and her nails done before she goes back to work.


A neighbor needs her hair washed weekly due to shoulder problems.


Memorial services and church services need to resume safely.


I had to cancel two birthday celebration trips in May (not safe).


I’m 70 and know that I need to be careful. I will stay home longer than most. But I think we are adults and can decide what is safe and what is not.


Many adults want to go back to work, but they could be COVID-19 carriers.


We also need schools to be done for the year and daycare centers to be open. We need to find a way to celebrate graduations and hold senior proms.


Confinement also has its problems. Our murder rate and domestic violence incidents did not go down in Jacksonville. In the future, we may see mental illness made worse by long home stays.


I’m sure many new businesses will come out of this incubation period. I’m hoping drive-in movies will come back.


I pleaded with the governor to help the truck drivers with drinks, snacks and bathrooms at Visitor Centers.


Common sense and safety precautions need to prevail. I think we will have to find a way to live with this virus.


I am hoping we will come out of this a kinder, gentler nation.


Ellen Leigh lives in Jacksonville.